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  1. I got these from Luke earlier in the week and finally had a chance to open them. A few thoughts:

    Spider-Man: This is the kind of figure that makes minimates unique. There really wasn't much room for improvement on this version of Spider-Man so recreating a well-known scene was a great idea. The figure itself is well done too with nice detailing, the only drawback being the hole in the head.

    Kraven: Kraven needed an update and this figure does that wonderfully. The sculpted vest is fantastic and the belt surprisingly improves on the last version with sculpted spikes. The knife and spear are excellent weapons and appropriate for the character. I like the face print, comparing it to the old shows how dated that one is, but with Kraven's Last Hunt in mind I think an alternate head with a more crazed expression would have been appropriate.

    Prowler: This isn't a character I'm very familiar with despite being aware of but I think DST's done a good job capturing him. The costume is pretty simple so the tampo work is also simple but effective. The mask looks good, it would have been easy for that too get a little disproportionate. The clawed hands and gauntlets complete the look. He's a nice addition to the Spider-Man shelf.

    Miles: Sometimes I wonder if I'm being too hard on DST for odd character choices, then they go and make Miles in this costume. I just don't care enough to look and see if it's an accurate rendering. What a waste.

    Mysterio: Speaking of a waste, Mysterio is disappointing because he's worse than the last update of the figure. To be fair I suppose the boot detailing is better, howerver the cape/head combo is definitely not as good as the last figure and the metallic paint seems like a lame way to make him look a little more like the movie version. The effects stand is nice and the foot pegs actually fit so he can stay on it which is a bit of a rarity.

    Hydro-Man: I wanted a Hydro-Man update as much as anyone so I've really been looking forward to this figure. Unfortunately I think it's just okay. The face print is excellent. The hair is obviously taken from the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #315 which is kind of an extreme look. It's also orange, which is probably accurate to that cover but not most of the character's appearances, but since DST made his hair orange last time I think they're convinced that's the right color. The water stand is sculpted well and stands up with no problems. His left water arm is a good idea, making it so straight though leaves him looking more like he's cheering than punching. The black sleeve is also noticeably glossier than the torso. The splash around his right hand is a little underwhelming, replacing it with a water hand from the last figure might help that out. As has been mentioned, he doesn't come with legs. I think the lack of extras forced by the BAF really hurt this figure. Legs and another water piece or two (check out the figure Hasbro just released) would have made this a great figure, as is it's definitely an upgrade (of course the other figure is 12 years old) but not as good as it could be.

    Vulture: I'd be more impressed with this figure if I hadn't bought the nearly identical previous version 9 years ago. Obviously the plastic quality, colors, and printing are improved so I can display it without being annoyed. The body tampo is different and slightly more detailed than the previous version and we have another excellent face. This is another figure that really would have benefited from extra accessories, an alternate Blackie Drago head like others have mentioned would have really helped this figure out.

    Molten Man: This figure does a nice job of capturing the comic look of the character. I appreciate the addition of the flame pieces, I just wish they were a little more orange so they stood out more from gold body of the figure.

    Spider-Slayer: I'm not sure this is an exact match for any particular Spider-Slayer though it does a good job representing a classic look. I find the Sentinel gloves distracting without tentacles. I can't help but love the JJJ head. I like the figure, I probably would have traded it for extra accessories for the other figures, or dumped Miles and swapped it into that slot.

    Overall, I want to love this wave since it has so many villains and minor characters, unfortunately there's only one pack that I think is great, a couple of figures that fall a little flat, and one outright wasted slot. It does help fill a Spider-Man display in a satisfying way so I guess it's a good wave, it's just a little disappointing for me personally.


  2. When DST made Marvel Select GotG figures they used what I think would qualify as Bendis-era costumes (I loathe Bendis so much I tried to ignore this run) and they've made a few characters that would fit in with this team: Venom, Angela, Iron Man. That said I definitely agree with the sentiment that if it's not the 2008 team I'm not interested, excluding the current team because I'm sure there hasn't been time to get those designs ready.


  3. I could go for more civilians, I think the idea that they should be skipped in the MCU is kind of dumb.

    There would have been plenty of possibilities for a full wave, however many figures that is now: Iron Spider redo (add gauntlets), Night Monkey, upgraded Spider-Man, Peter Parker, Mysterio, alt look Mysterio, Ned, MJ, Happy (preferably with a giant check), Stark drones, Aunt May. It wouldn't have been hard to find an assortment in there that would be palatable to most fans.


  4. 10 hours ago, fwoosheyman said:

    Almost every Marvel character has been requested by multiple people here so I’ve got no idea what the wave could be.

    Not to mention Zach's definition of highly requested can be a bit... flexible.


  5. I don't think anyone would argue for four packs or nothing but it's not a positive development, especially if the build-a-minimate is going to reduce accessories even more or increase the price (though a price increase might be worthwhile compared to the alternatives).


  6. 21 hours ago, Trekker 42 said:

    There’s no damn way. Not happening. 

    The article in Bloomberg says the plans are to open "about half a dozen" stores. I agree with you this is probably this isn't much more likely than the other empty promises they've been selling since TRU closed its doors, but even if it does work out it's going to be a long time before it would matter.


  7. On Mario vs. Sonic: There's no contest here, Mario has more popular characters and more variations that fans would buy, plus a lot of enemies fans will buy multiples of. I have at least 5 different Marios from the Jakks 4" line and would buy that many more if they made the right ones. As was already said, Sonic is the license you get when you can't get Mario. If DST ever did snag the license though I'm afraid it would have the same design issues as Muppets.

    I think the talk about licenses underlines how few there are that can support multiple waves, or even multiple boxsets. Even as a big fan of minimates I wouldn't touch half the stuff mentioned here and the other half is unlikely to happen, even with all the upheaval in the toy landscape.


  8. 13 hours ago, buttheadsmate said:

    Mistakes have been made by DST but what business doesn't make them ?  Believe it or not I've run a business & I made plenty .  Overall DST has done a magnificent job but ironically the major mistakes ,once made, seem to compound themselves .  I'm not here to list those mistakes because over the years I've more or less said (here) what my feelings were as & when those mistakes were being made & I often took the flak for saying them :)

    As the topic has been discussed I've been trying to decide if I think DST's mistakes are any greater than the average toy or collectible company. They may not be but I think some of the decisions at times have seemed so inexplicable from the outside that you can't help but question the decision-making process. They've definitely made an above average number of head-scratching lineup choices. For me that's probably compounded by the marketing spin that not only were those decisions correct, it's silly to even question them. I certainly don't get the impression they ever critically review those decisions, I hope it happens internally and they don't like to talk about it. To be fair that seems to be pretty common among collectible companies which I suppose isn't surprising since it's easy, and often accurate, to blame the fans instead.


  9. 16 hours ago, funkguerilla said:

    You're making a big jump there.

    By all means, complain about the decisions DST makes in terms of the line.  Hell, I'll toss out a few for you: 1- That 'first appearance' Miles is a wasted slot; 2- the MCU lines were terrible because it was just rehash after rehash; 3- DST should try to do another comic themed con exclusive and get back to their roots.  All complaints, all from a place of love, and we both know none of those thoughts might kill the line.

    ...................

    So listen, by all means, if you want to push the idea that the line is dead or dying go ahead, but be aware that you are probably hastening the end while you do it.

    That jump is the logical, if extreme, conclusion of suggesting bad thoughts could kill the line. It's also the next stop on the road if we don't see some dramatic improvement, some fans will turn into rabid DST apologists (it's already slowly happening), attacking anyone who criticizes them because... they're killing the line. It's ugly but it's the way things go when a line is struggling. If the line does get canceled and you want to blame bad vibes though, feel free to put my name at the top of the list.

     

    10 hours ago, PrinceCuseCuse said:

    Also, why aren't Minimates more prominent on Amazon? Considering Amazon has taken over the world, getting items up on there just seems like smart business.

    Amazon did sell minimates, or at least they sold boxsets. They stopped some time ago, right around the same time the price was increased if I remember correctly. So the answer is they aren't more prominent because Amazon and a lot of third party sellers decided to stop selling them.


  10. 3 hours ago, funkguerilla said:

    FWIW, I think pushing the idea that the line is ending is a surefire way to kill it all together.  Be it through negative thinking or just the powers of persuasion, it's a dangerous thing for the longevity of minimates to put those ideas out into the world.

    I couldn't disagree more strongly with this. If the line is so far gone that a little speculation will kill it then we can't save it anyway. It also directly leads to the idea that any criticism of minimates or DST is dangerous to the life of the line which is one of the worst things in fan culture.


  11. While they obviously packed these the way they did to maximize sales I suspect it never occurred to DST that anyone would have a problem with it. I'm a little surprised myself.


  12. 1 hour ago, Freaqualizer said:

    ...it’s a general plea to not let negativity reign supreme and squash someone else’s good time.  

    If people are truly worried about negativity they have one really great option: Post something positive. Make the kinds of comments you want to see instead of worrying about policing other's.


  13. 20 minutes ago, hellpop said:

    Saying things like "I don't like these pairings so I'm not buying them" adds nothing to the conversation. But sure, if you want Minimates to die, keep nitpicking.

    It adds about as much as passive aggressive whining about those comments. There is actually a worthwhile conversation that could be had about perceived value per pack or in the wave as a whole that goes far beyond "nitpicking", so why not discuss it? Personally I think buying a two-pack to get one character is pretty much the standard a minimate collector should expect for value but I can understand why others might feel differently. The build-a-minimate approach changes that too since each individual character is likely losing a little bit of value to make up for the extra figure. DST also chose to pack this wave in a way that would maximize their sales but also force people to buy two different teams which could obviously be a source of frustration for some, though I'm a little surprised anyone would want one half of the wave and not the other. Still, any fan ought to be able to express their opinion about what they want to buy without "you're killing the line!" nonsense.

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